Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- July 12, 2012
“(Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)” Numbers 12:3
Humility finds favor with God and man. Because of their trustworthy temperament, the spirit of the humble solicits trust and blessing. Like honey attracts a bee, so the Lord’s heart is drawn to the humble. It is a sweet exchange when the Holy Spirit fills a submissive soul. There is no downside in taking the road of authentic lowliness. It is the path less trodden, because its route encounters roadblocks, mix-ups—even ridicule.
However, our humble hearts are the hinges that swing open the door of God’s grace. Greater grace requires greater humility—especially in face of unfair criticism. The Holy Spirit is our defense attorney, retained on our behalf, by our heavenly Father. He will bring the truth to light and discredit the dishonest. The Lord lays bare man’s motives. Our humility is a prescription of choice to combat pride. It cleans our spiritual veins of vanity’s vestiges.
“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5b
Your humility is the product of the Holy Spirit’s deep work of grace. It is not squeezed out of hard human effort; rather it is the delicious juice that flows from an abiding faith in Jesus. So, as you cultivate a heart that harvests humility, you prayerfully ask the Lord: “Are my motives in line with Yours’?” “Are my affections focused on Jesus first?” “Do I, by faith, daily empty myself and invite in the Spirit’s fullness?” Humility is intentional.
Furthermore, will you remain humble as you experience the favor of God? The hounds of hell never stop soliciting you to take credit, where Christ is the only creditor. It takes extreme gratitude and generosity to ward off pride’s persistent assaults. Indeed, your consistent celebration of your salvation in Jesus and your dependence on God’s grace enhances humility. So, never forget where He’s brought you from and where He wants to take you. Your humble heart, in the eyes of the Lord, prepares you for His blessings.
“He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.” Proverbs 3:34
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray for humility to be the default for my heart’s desires.
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